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Chinese Pinyin: Ba Xian
Chinese: 八仙
Name Of Image: Eight Daoist Immortals
Description:

The eight Daoist Immortals confirmed by Wu Yuantai 吴元泰 from Ming dynasty in his works ‘A Journey to the East by the Eight Daoist Immortals’ 《八仙出处东游记》 are Li Tieguai 李铁拐 (铁拐李), Lan Caihe蓝采和, Zhang Guolao张果老, Han Xiangzi韩湘子, Cao Guojiu曹国舅, Lu …

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Chinese Pinyin: Bing Ji Wen Niu Chuan
Chinese: 丙吉问牛喘
Name Of Image: Bing Ji inquiring about a panting buffalo
Description:

When Bing Ji (丙吉 d. 55 BCE) was a chancellor in the Han court, once he encountered the aftermath of a gang fight in the street. Bing Ji passed them without batting an eyelid. Further ahead, a buffalo passed and …

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Chinese Pinyin: Bo Yi Shu Qi Kou Ma Jian Zhou Wang
Chinese: 伯夷、叔齐叩马谏周王
Name Of Image: Bo Yi and Shu Qi Trying to Stop the Mighty Zhou Army
Description:

Bo Yi (or Boyi, 伯夷) and Shu Qi (or Shuqi, 叔齐) were sons of the ruler of Guzhu (孤竹), a vassal state of the Shang dynasty (商朝, 16th-11th cent. BCE). As the king was getting old, he wanted Shu Qi, …

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Chinese Pinyin: Chang E
Chinese: 嫦娥
Name Of Image: Chang E
Description:

A legend recorded in a Chinese book, Huainanzi (淮南子), compiled around 139 BCE says a beautiful girl called Chang E (嫦娥) has been living on the moon for thousands of years. Chang E swallowed elixir and her body became so …

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Chinese Pinyin: Chen Ping Fen Rou
Chinese: 陈平分肉
Name Of Image: Chen Ping Dividing Meat
Description:

Young Chen Ping (陈平, ?–178 BCE), later a minister of Western Han dynasty, as being an exemplar of fairness in his everyday work. According to Sima Qian’s (司马迁, 145BCE – ?) famous work Historical Records – Prime Minister Chen’s Family …

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Chinese Pinyin: Jiang Tai Gong Wei Bin Chui Diao
Chinese: 姜太公渭滨垂钓
Name Of Image: Jiang Ziya Was Discovered Angling by Baron of Zhou by the Wei River
Description:

When the Baron of the Zhou vassal state (周西伯) did a divination with oracle bones for his imminent hunting trip, the message came: ‘You will not catch a small bear or a large bear, but a teacher will be presented …

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Chinese Pinyin: Jin Ling Gong Sou Ao Yao Zhao Dun
Chinese: 晋灵公嗾獒咬赵盾
Name Of Image: Duke Ling of Jin Sending His Dog to Attack Zhao Dun
Description:

When the old duke of Jin (晋) passed away, his heir was still in the cradle. It was with the powerful minister Zhao Dun (赵盾)’s support that he succeeded in ascending the throne. Unfortunately, the young duke, who was posthumously …

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Chinese Pinyin: Jin Ling Gong Tan Ren Pi Wan
Chinese: 晋灵公弹人辟丸
Name Of Image: Duke Ling of Jin shooting pedestrians with pellets
Description:

The young duke of the State of Jin (晋) who was posthumously given the title Duke Ling of Jin, Jìn Líng Gōng (晋灵公, ? – 607 BCE), has been known as a ‘ruler who does not deserve his title (bu …

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Chinese Pinyin: Ju Shui Yue Zai Shou
Chinese: 掬水月在手
Name Of Image: Scooping the moon from the golden basin
Description:

In the Buddhist legend, at the beginning there was nothing but water in the world. Vajrapani ordered his disciples to scoop the ocean to see what was hidden there. The sun appeared in the first scoop and Vajrapani fixed the …

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